Posts Tagged ‘ war ’

Pakistan: Afghan shell kills Bajaur tribesman

October 22, 2014
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The Nation [Pakistan]    

"A tribesman was killed and two others injured when mortar shells fired from Kunar province of Afghanistan hit a border village of Pakistan’s Nawagi tehsil in Bajaur Agency on Tuesday morning. Officials of the political administration confirmed the incident that two mortar shells fired by unidentified militants from across the border landed in remote area of Babara Charmang, 43 kilometers north west of Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur Agency." (10/22/14)

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Syria: Assad pursues withering campaign against rebels

October 22, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"Syrian President Bashar Assad is taking advantage of the U.S.-led coalition's war against the Islamic State group to pursue a withering air and ground campaign against more mainstream rebels elsewhere in the country, trying to recapture areas considered more crucial to the survival of his government. As U.S. and allied jets swoop freely over towns and cities under control of extremists in northern Syria, the Syrian army has scaled back its air activity over areas of IS control, doing as little as possible there to avoid confrontation." (10/21/14)

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Amnesty International reports war crimes in eastern Ukraine, seceded states

October 21, 2014
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"Human rights organization Amnesty International has reported war crimes by both Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists during the conflict in Ukraine [and the seceded states]. Both sides are being urged to investigate. ... Early in September, both sides agreed a ceasefire and a demilitarized zone for eastern Ukraine [and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics]. Nevertheless, violence continued, especially around the airport Donetsk, with the truce being violated by both sides. According to the United Nations, in the past seven weeks alone, more than 330 people have been killed in the conflict zone." (10/20/14)

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Syria: US drops arms to Kobani Kurds

October 20, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"The U.S. military says it has airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish forces defending the Syrian city of Kobani against Islamic State militants. The airdrops Sunday were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani, near the Turkish border. The U.S. said earlier in the day that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the Kobani area." (10/20/14)

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Iraq: At least 21 killed in Baghdad suicide bombing

October 20, 2014
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CNN    

"A suicide bombing in a predominately Shia area of Baghdad has left 21 people dead and 25 people injured, according to a police source with knowledge of the incident speaking to CNN by phone. The source asked not to be identified for security reasons. The bomber targeted a Shia mosque in the city's northeast al Harithyia neighborhood, the source said. As of Sunday, there has been no claim of responsibility." (10/19/14)

http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/19/world/meast/iraq-violence/  

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Afghanistan: Four regime troops killed

October 20, 2014
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Officials say insurgents have attacked several army checkpoints in eastern and southern Afghanistan, killing at least four troops and wounding several people. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which happened Sunday, but the Taliban have stepped up assaults on Afghan and NATO forces ahead of the pullout of most foreign combat troops by the end of the year." (10/20/14)

http://www.startribune.com/world/279744482.html  

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Iraq: Baghdad attacks kill at least 47

October 17, 2014
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Washington Post    

"Militants unleashed a wave of attacks in Iraq on Thursday, mainly targeting Shiite areas in and around the capital of Baghdad, killing at least 47 people and wounding dozens, authorities said. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the day’s deadliest attack." (10/16/14)

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Libya: Egyptian warplanes attack militias

October 16, 2014
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Egypt is deepening its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias who have taken over key parts of Libya, with officials saying Egyptian warplanes have bombed their positions in the eastern city of Benghazi. ... The operation, they said, was requested by the internationally recognized Libyan administration based in the eastern city of Tobruk. That elected administration was thrown out of the capital, Tripoli, by rival militias allied with Islamic political factions." (10/15/14)

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Pakistan: Five killed in Khyber explosion

October 15, 2014
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Dawn [Pakistan]    

"At least five people were killed and seven others were injured on Wednesday in a bomb blast in the Khyber tribal region's Tirah valley. Official sources said the blast which may have been a suicide attack occurred in the Pir Mela area of Tirah valley. Moreover, sources said it was suspected that a suicide bomber may have targeted volunteers from the Zalakhel peace committee. However, the identity of the victims is yet to be ascertained." (10/15/14)

http://www.dawn.com/news/1138128/five-killed-in-khyber-explosion  

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Iraq: Militants take army camp as bombs hit Baghdad

October 14, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"Militants with the Islamic State group on Monday captured a military training camp in western Iraq, inching closer to full control of the restive Anbar province, as a spate of deadly bombings shook Baghdad, hitting mostly Shiite neighborhoods and leaving at least 30 dead. The attacks, which came as Iraqi Shiites marked a major holiday for their sect with families crowding the streets in celebration, raised new concerns that the Sunni militant group is making gains despite U.S.-led coalition airstrikes." (10/13/14)

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Afghanistan: Car bomb, other blasts kill two, wound 22

October 13, 2014
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Reuters    

"A suicide car bomber rammed a NATO military convoy along a major road out of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, early on Monday, killing one Afghan civilian, authorities said. Hours later, another suicide bomber killed a woman outside a clinic in a province east of Kabul and a third bomb exploded in a market on the capital's northern outskirts, wounding 22 people including three children, officials said." (10/13/14)

http://tinyurl.com/p5rnyho  

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Iraq: 112 killed

October 10, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"Fighting against the militants continued today, but it does not appear to be working in Anbar province where leaders said the region would soon fall to the militants. Across the country, 112 people were killed and 37 were wounded. Anbar province’s tribal leaders warned that Anbar is close to falling to Islamic State militants." (10/09/14)

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Kashmiris flee India-Pakistan violence; nine dead

October 6, 2014
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San Francisco Chronicle    

"Tens of thousands of villagers were fleeing their homes in Kashmir on Monday, as Indian and Pakistani troops bombarded each other with gunfire and mortar shells over the border separating Pakistan from India's portion of the disputed region. At least nine civilians were killed." (10/06/14)

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Syria: IS intensifies attacks on Kobane

October 6, 2014
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"Smoke billowed over the key Syrian border town of Kobane on Sunday as Kurdish fighters supported by US-led air strikes battled to hold back intensified attacks by Islamic State Jihadists. IS fighters seized part of a strategic hill overlooking the town late on Saturday, a monitor said, but their progress was slowed by new strikes from the coalition of Washington and Arab allies. The dusty town on the Turkish border has become a crucial battleground in the international fight against IS, which sparked further outrage this weekend with the release of a video showing the beheading of Briton Alan Henning." (10/06/14)

http://tinyurl.com/mjupgwa  

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Pakistan: Ten killed in bomb explosions inside Peshawar, Gilgit buses

October 3, 2014
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Daily Times [Pakistan]    

"At least ten people were killed and over a dozen injured in bomb blasts in passenger coaches in Peshawar and Gilgit on Thursday. ... Thursday’s attacks follows a suicide blast targeting Frontier Corps deputy chief Brigadier Khalid Bajwa in Peshawar. Javed narrowly escaped the explosion. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police spokesman said five bombs were defused by the Bomb Disposal Squad." (10/03/14)

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Australia: Abbot announces troop, plane commitment to latest Iraq fiasco

October 3, 2014
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CNBC    

"Australian special forces troops will be deployed in Iraq to assist in the fight against Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Friday, and its aircraft will also join U.S.-led coalition strikes. Abbott said in a nationally televised news conference the Australian troops would be engaged in an 'advise and assist' capacity to support the Iraqi army in their battle against the militant Islamist group." (10/03/14)

http://www.cnbc.com/id/102049431  

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Afghanistan: Suicide bombers kill seven in Kabul

October 1, 2014
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NBC News    

"Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, government officials said, a day after the new government and the United States signed a long-delayed security agreement. The Taliban, fighting to oust foreign forces and the U.S-backed government, claimed responsibility for the attacks in the east and west of Kabul." (10/01/14)

http://tinyurl.com/ngw9h8h  

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US, Afghan regimes sign deal extending US occupation

September 30, 2014
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Bangkok Post [Thailand]    

"Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a deal to allow some US troops to stay in the country next year, signalling that new President Ashraf Ghani intends to mend frayed ties with Washington. ... Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and US Ambassador James Cunningham inked the document at a ceremony in the presidential palace in Kabul as Ghani stood behind the pair looking on." (09/30/14)

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Pakistan: US drone strike kills four

September 29, 2014
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CTV [Canada]    

"A U.S. drone strike killed four suspected militants Sunday in a northwestern tribal region in Pakistan along the Afghan border, intelligence officials and Taliban fighters said. Those killed included two Arab militants and two of their local allies in a compound in the town of Wana in South Waziristan, the two officials and three Taliban fighters said." (09/28/14)

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US launches war on Syrian regime (oh, and ISIS)

September 24, 2014
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The Skeptical Libertarian The Skeptical Libertarian
by Edward Coke  

"America is once again at war in the Middle East, dropping bombs and inserting 'advisers' on the ground in two countries. Americans seem supportive of the stated mission -- destroying one division of the cross border insurgency known as ISIS -- but they will increasingly grow tired of the actual mission: regime change in Syria. Here are five indications that Obama's 'counter-terrorism operation' is actually a nation-building war." (09/23/14)

http://tinyurl.com/l9ops3c  

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Congress should vote and say no to Obama’s new war

September 23, 2014
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Ivan Eland Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland  

"Not having reliable allies on the ground in either Iraq or Syria to fight ISIS severely limits the applicability of the Kosovo and Libya models to the current situation. A friendly ground force needs to locate targets for U.S. air power, 'fix' enemy forces on the ground for air strikes to have the maximum effect, and occupy ground abandoned by the enemy. The effectiveness of U.S. air power is lessened substantially without such dependable allies below, and the chance of a successful American war against ISIS is therefore greatly diminished. That’s the bad news. But the good news is that ISIS is only a regional threat, not a threat to U.S. territory." (09/23/14)

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Obama regime rebuffs Ukraine junta’s appeal for arms

September 19, 2014
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USA Today    

"The White House refused to include weapons in an aid package announced Thursday for embattled Ukraine despite an impassioned plea by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for more military assistance. The Obama administration is providing $46 million in non-lethal security assistance and $7 million for relief organizations providing humanitarian assistance to Ukrainians affected by the conflict between [invading Ukrainian] forces and [the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics]. The White House announcement came shortly after Poroshenko stood before a joint session of Congress and pleaded for more political support and military equipment beyond the non-lethal aid the United States has pledged." (09/18/14)

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Iraq: 178 killed, 95 wounded

September 18, 2014
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Antiwar.com Antiwar.com    

"In Falluja, shelling and airstrikes killed 12 people. A suicide car bomber killed eight security personnel and wounded 16 more in Tarmiya. Nine people were killed and 11 were wounded when a suicide bomber destroyed the Albu Farraj Bridge near Ramadi. The bodies of seven policemen were found in Tikrit." (09/17/14)

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Obama’s latest war is a gift to Rand Paul

September 18, 2014
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Liberty Chat
by Ian Cioffi  

"Ah, remember that Nobel Peace Prize? As President Obama winds down his 2nd term, he ramps up another endless war. It’s not all bad news though. This was is actually great news for Senator Rand Paul. This latest war will likely last well into the Republican Primaries next year. Despite Rand’s sometimes hawkish rhetoric, he’s still seen as a dove compared to the potential Republican Presidential nominees. Congress is terrified to call this latest war, a war, because of just how unpopular war is in America right now." (09/17/14)

http://www.libertychat.com/2014/09/obamas-latest-war-gift-rand-paul/  

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Syria: ISIS shoots down regime war plane

September 17, 2014
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Today's Zaman [Turkey]    

"So-called Islamic State (ISI[S]) militants shot down a Syrian war plane using anti-aircraft guns on Tuesday, the first time the group has downed a military jet since declaring its cross-border caliphate in June, a group monitoring the civil war said. The plane came down outside ISI[S]'s stronghold of Raqqa city, 400 km (250 miles) northeast of Damascus, during air strikes on territory controlled by the group, a resident said." (09/16/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nave7lg  

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